September is Dementia Month
September is the month to raise our voices to discuss dementia
with and on behalf of the near 460,000 Australians living with dementia and their carers and staff.
There is an estimated 1.6 million family carers of someone diagnosed with dementia.
There is an estimated 27,800 diagnosed with young onset dementia (below 65 years of age).
Dementia is the 2nd leading cause of death of Australians.
Dementia is the leading cause of death of Australian women and
the 3rd leading cause of death of Australian males.
DEMENTIA is a collective term for progressive brain syndromes.
Alzheimer's disease and Vascular dementia are the two major forms of dementia.
Symptoms may include:
*loss of memory
*difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying
*difficulty in performing previously routine tasks
*personality and mood changes
Dementia Journey: People with dementia can live active and positive lifestyles in the early stages.
Full-time care is needed eventually, usually in a residential aged facility (nursing home). Family carers and staff become their support.
Palliative care will be required at end-of-life stage.
Diagnosis by a GP and/or referral to specialists like geriatricians, psychiatrists or neurologists.
Legal and financial matters need to be organised early before mental capacity is lost.
The life of the carer can be challenging, lonely, a roller coaster of emotions.
We need to act with understanding and kindness to support a person with dementia and their carers.
You can help to break the stigma and bring understanding and support to people living with dementia and their carers.
Try these Tips from Alzheimer’s WA
Talk to me
Please talk to me, not just the person with me.
Keep questions simple
Providing information in smaller chunks will really help me.
Make eye contact, speak clearly with one idea at a time. Avoid jargon.
Be patient and understanding
Don’t rush me, allow me time to speak.
Distractions cause disruptions
Less noise and fewer distractions will help me to focus. Please treat me with dignity and respect.
For more information, contact Dementia Australia on 1800 100 500 or https://www.dementia.org.au/.